Longton Crime Overview

Longton is the second safest small town in Lancashire, and is the 42nd safest overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Longton in 2020 was 21 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 246% lower than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Longton is the 42nd safest small town, and the 2,904th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Longton was the worst small town in Lancashire for robbery, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2018 was also a bad month for Longton residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. Longton recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during June 2017, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Longton are violence and sexual offences, with 88 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 11. This is 4.5% lower than 2019's figure of 92 offences and a difference of 0.51 from 2019's crime rate of 12. Longton's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020.

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Crime in Longton Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Longton This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour23830.5388,46658.6392% safer
Burglary182.317,4914.96115% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson192.4413,6289.03270% safer
Drugs30.382,4861.65334% safer
Other Crime50.642,5911.72169% safer
Other Theft101.289,7706.48406% safer
Public Order121.548,0945.36248% safer
Robbery10.137520.50285% safer
Shoplifting20.265,4113.591281% safer
Theft From the Person10.135550.37185% safer
Vehicle Crime40.516,2574.15714% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences8811.2950,36333.38196% safer

Longton Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Aughton14918.5912% safer
Penwortham53423.4611% more dangerous
Burscough31933.0737% more dangerous
Poulton-le-Fylde62934.7340% more dangerous
Clayton-le-Woods55935.0240% more dangerous
Euxton47135.9142% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Longton

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Longton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour17151431Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson4.063.12.4Safer
Drugs0.260.510.130.38Getting worse
Other Crime0.380.900.770.64Safer
Other Theft3.
Public Order0.902.81.21.5Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.510.13-0.13Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.380.77-0.13Safer
Vehicle Crime4.
Violence and Sexual Offences8161211Safer

Changes In Longton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Longton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7169% more dangerous
Coventry77.4173% more dangerous
Croydon83.2275% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8176% more dangerous
Bristol86.2176% more dangerous
Leicester97.4479% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8780% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2881% more dangerous
Bradford133.0284% more dangerous
Leeds137.1085% more dangerous

Crime in Longton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Longton & Walmer Bridge17421Second
New Longton & Hutton15927First

Crime in Longton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Longton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Longton saw a 464% increase in anti-social behaviour. Longton saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during August, when it fell by 80% compared to August in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+125%+185%+31%+464%+38%+38%+9%+88%+100%+120%
Criminal Damage and Arson---50%-67%+200%-80%---50%-50%
Other Theft-50%-----50%---+100%
Public Order+100%--+100%---+100%--
Vehicle Crime------50%----
Violence and Sexual Offences+125%-50%+11%-17%--42%-11%+17%+25%-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Longton

What police force serves Longton?
Longton's local territorial police force is the Lancashire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Longton?
Longton is the second safest small town in Lancashire.
What is Longton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Longton are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Longton?
Longton's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021